Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Yucca fries and Chimichurri Sauce...

A few months back I had the pleasure of eating at a Peruvian Restaurant, in Portland Oregon...I had no idea what kind of food Peruvian food was but was given the name of the restaurant by a gal at Powells Book store as a restaurant that had Gluten free food...so off my cousin and I went! It is in the Pearl District and the name of it is...Andina..oh what a surprise! it is the best food you have ever eaten, if you go, you are in for a real treat! They feature many different 'small plates'..when you are seated you get great bread and 3 different sauces, if you are gluten free you get yucca fries and chimichurri sauce...oh heavenly day!!! They are so good! The food in the restaurant is mostly gluten free naturally..every thing is full of tons of flavor! I long for the day to go back....in the meantime I have been busy researching the recipes..this one tops the charts!

Chimichurri Sauce

1 cup firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, trimmed of thick stems
3-4 garlic cloves
2 Tbsps fresh oregano leaves (can sub 2 teaspoons dried oregano)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp red or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 Finely chop the parsley, fresh oregano, and garlic (or process in a food processor several pulses). Place in a small bowl.
2 Stir in the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Adjust seasonings.
Serve immediately or refrigerate. If chilled, return to room temperature before serving.

ingredients for the Chimichurri sauce...

follow instructions and viola! do this ahead of time so the flavors can meld if you get the chance...this sauce is used in South America on meats and also on eggs.....it is also used as a marinade....

          this is the south American Yucca....it is said to cure joint arthritis.... it is also used to make tapioca...
you must first peel the yucca root...Hard to peel with a knife..use a vegetable peeler, much easier...

cut your Yucca into french fry portions....

ready to go!

make sure your oil reaches 350 degree...

half finished! When they are done, place on paper towels and sprinkle with  kosher salt...

truly Good Eats!!! I guarantee you will love, love, love this!!!

Cheers to Happy  !!

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